My son and I came up with a list of “lessons learned” to date, regarding high school and autism. All autistic kids are different; so our experience doesn’t match everyone else’s. That being said, here are some areas to think about with regards to transitioning to high school:
From insurance companies to school districts, parents often face insurmountable obstacles trying to help their autistic children. Many times, we think we have everything in place, then another shoe drops, and we are left scrambling to fix whatever’s broken.
It reminded me yet again that there are so many things our kids can do…from karate to playing drums to now snorkeling. Yes, the journey with autism is a long and hard road, but as parents, there are times when we need to stop and acknowledge how great life is at that moment.
So I am left wondering, “What exactly needs to happen to our children with autism before America says enough is enough?” In order to get this bill passed, exactly how many kids need to be traumatized? How many kids need to die? I am pleading for America to wake up and end the civil rights injustices that happen to disabled children in the name of education.
"My mom always talks about being prideful and being proud of who I am. And I was made this way for a reason. Growing up I never knew what that reason would be until I got the pleasure of going on American Idol and sharing with the world who I am." ~ James Durbin
As for the cure versus acceptance debate, society often forces us to take sides on issues. People like the “neatness” of black and white, since gray is often messy and complicated. I’ve come to the conclusion that there is no “right” answer to the cure versus acceptance debate.
Our children with autism will spend the majority of their lives as adults with autism. It is in society's best interest to educate our children to the best of our ability and that includes using autism teaching competencies.
From running support groups to advocating on behalf of our children, these women are passionate, fearless and a force to be reckoned with. When I look at the autism moms I know, it is easy to see commonalities despite their many differences. So my fellow autism Moms, here's my 5 top reasons for why you rock:
When you face the unknown, the joy of witnessing a huge accomplishment can bring you to your knees. It is the feeling of finally letting yourself feel happiness and allowing yourself to dream again for what the future holds for your child. Positive dreams.
April is Autism Awareness Month. Yet I can't help feeling frustrated as we pass out ribbons and light bulbs. Instead of asking "What is autism?", we should be asking "What can I do today, right now, to help kids, adults and families affected by autism?".
What happens when you find out that your friend, family member or neighbor has a child who has been diagnosed with autism? There are many ways you can assist from talking to offering a playdate. Here are 10 things you can do to help a family whose child has been diagnosed with autism: